1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration

I agree that the British Government must remain committed to the Joint Declaration. The Government has confirmed its commitment to the Joint Declaration during a number of statements made to the House of Commons in recent weeks. The former Prime Minister also raised the issues with other EU leaders at the G20 summit earlier this month.

Last week, there was an Urgent Question raised in the House and the Foreign Office minister, Dr Andrew Murrison re-iterated: “Let me assure the House that the Government remain fully committed to upholding Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rights and freedoms under the one country, two systems principle. They are guaranteed by the legally binding joint declaration. We will continue to be unwavering in our support for the treaty and expect our co-signatory to behave in a like manner.

Rights and freedoms and the rule of law are vital for Hong Kong’s future success; for its people, we will continue to stand up and speak out.”

Full details of the debate, including a more detailed indication of the Government’s position, are available here:

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